Bangladesh Premier League 2011-12 February 8, 2012

BPL will put local players in spotlight - Dean Jones

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dean Jones, the former Australia batsman and technical director of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise, the Chittagong Kings, has said the tournament will help young Bangladesh players, as they will have the opportunity to play alongside international stars. The Kings have Tamim Iqbal as their icon player, and bought West Indies' Dwayne Bravo and Jerome Taylor, and Muttiah Muralitharan in the auction.

"The great thing about this tournament is that the players can rub shoulders with Murali, Tamim and Dwayne Bravo," Jones said. "[For the young players], getting to see how good they are against experienced players is really important. I think it will really bring the best out of some players. Some players will fail but some players will do very well."

The BPL has been hampered by some of the high-profile buys pulling out due to international or domestic commitments. The Kings will be without Shoaib Malik, the Pakistan allrounder, and West Indies opener Lendl Simmons. "Everyone has got that problem," Jones said. "We're looking for replacements now as we speak; who they are I'm not going to disclose.

"We've got players coming in on the morning of February 10 [date of the opening fixture] because they are playing first-class matches in Pakistan and the West Indies or something. We've just got to roll with the punches, get them ready and off we go."

The Kings will be coached by former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud and have Michael Bevan, the former Australia batsman, as their batting consultant, with Jones advising the coaching staff. "Khaled Mahmud is my eyes and ears; he is helping me communicate with the Bangladeshi boys and understand their roles as well," Jones said. "Of course we have Michael Bevan and we have bowling and fielding coaches. I am very happy with my coaching staff."

Jones said the BPL would help Bangladesh cricket because it will give the local players the experience of playing under the spotlight. "I think it will give them more exposure, more awareness, it will put them under more pressure, under lights, in front of big crowds. Sometimes you'll get hurt and get beaten. And then you've got to work on your strengths and weakness to come back.

"I think it couldn't come at a better time really for the Bangladesh people and the players. They needed this, I think they wanted this. They need to get out of their comfort zone and now they are going to find out how good they are."

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  • Dummy4 on February 11, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    T20 cricket is here to stay that is fact... IPL... Big Bash... BPL... Champions League... alll fun... stop deluding yourself that all these leagues are contributing to the 'country cricket setup' thats bull... in my opinion start another league lets call it ALL STAR LEAGUE or something... invite all the top players from all over the world divide them into teams and make a lot of money... every year hold that league in a different country... an ICC league... let all the cricket playing nations bid for it... create a window for it in the ICC calender... but stop claiming it is for the betterment of the young players... as for India... after the spectacle of Australian summer dont let the players who did not perform for India play and make money from IPL... think about it India... sincerely...

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    I would like to say some says BPL is the poorer version of IPL, then What is IPL?? IPL is an Idea which was theft by ENG Or Aus T20 format, now come to the point if T2O can'nt give anything to BD cricket then what Has India got? 4-0 whitewash against Australia & Also white wash against England, I would like to say those people that they think so superior about their team India that being an No# 1 side in test cricket hence losing like that doesn't give any pride. Infact BD perform better than India last two tour to England & Australia, Stop bulling about BPL, I think it is a great move for Their cricket, best of luck :)

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2012, 11:48 GMT

    @Kalpesh...I believe it is India who should take a serious look at their first class structure...the way they lose out to opponents at away soils, needs serious rethinking from BCCI's part....I would recommend that you guys transfer some domestic 1st class matches to a few foreign grounds...maybe you should try convincing BCB to host a few provided you pay them enough....obviously IPL has done no good to how you perform's also high time that you let go your legends and their past and focus on the future....countries like Afghanistan and Ireland is on the rise and will surely give you guys a run for your money in the near have kept refusing Pakistan tours on security issues, it will just become funny when you will do the same to Afghanistan too...

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    BPL will have a blast !! So guys be ready for the blast !!

  • Sakthi on February 9, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    BPL should be a good thing for Ban. As Indian Im looking forward for some super stuff from BPL. As any one say BPL is bad those guys are jealous of BPL. But guys dont place dean jones on the board he will make BPL Shrink.

  • Rezwan on February 9, 2012, 11:41 GMT

    @Kalpesh Watch your fingers while typing such comments.. if BPL is poorer version IPL, then what is IPL? how did idea of IPL arrived? it is from those Australian leagues and England leagues and if you guys made something like that and get the best of it, then we do too.. it was Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan who was given the last over in one the IPL games last session because only he was trusted but not ur indian players.. so watch out before commenting mate...

  • Rizwan on February 9, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    True that many of us don't like T20 but BPL does have one positive, all these sponsor money would never come if it was any first class tournament. Now BCB will earn some money, let's just hope they use this money for better purposes in future.

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Now this is getting really silly, I mean BPL we all know is a poor version of IPL, KFC Big Bash etc. If anything this is going to harm the Bangaladesh even more. None of the batsmen and I underline the batsmen none are of Test quality and really the focus should be on building a strong first class structure, touring other countries and playing the A sides. Playing BPL is the last thing Bangladesh wants & statement like these from Dean Jones are proof enough he has lost the plot and no prizes for guessing why he has taken this role,

  • Enamul on February 9, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Desperately waiting to watch this lovely tournament. Thanks to BCB for bringing some exciting to the south asian cricket fans out of BCCI control. Good initiative, all the best, go ahead, we will remain beside.

  • Balaji on February 9, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    As a indian cricket fan I am looking forward to this tournament it is coming live in indian tv, I am so bored of watching india fail again and again, it will be fun to watch some neutral games for the joy of watching cricket, I had a blast with eng/pak test series. BD fans if anyone tells you 20/20 is an evil, they are just jealous of you guys having a tournament like ipl or big bash, 20/20 is the future it is here to stay, first class cricket should not get affected by 20/20 in fact the revenue generated by 20/20 should be infused to first class cricket, but do get the first class structure in place, if you see some of the best 20/20 players like gayle, virat, and david warner are good at test cricket too.

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